Coin Specifications

Category: Barber Half Dollars (1892-1915)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 950,000
Catalog: KM-116
Obverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Reverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $5.78 (10/7/2015)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1896 50C MS obverse 1896 50C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

The 1896 Barber half dollar is one of the rarest Philadelphia issues in Mint State grades, especially at the higher levels. Like all other P-mint issues, the 1896 was usually acquired in proof rather than Mint State until the last couple of decades. David Akers wrote in the Dr. Thaine B. Price Collection catalog: 'In my experience, this is the rarest P Mint Barber Half Dollar of the decade, especially in Gem condition, and it is even more rare than many of the more highly regarded mintmarked issues of the series.'

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/17/2015

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1896 50C MS
Base $ 26.00 38.00 100.00 180 320 435 485 535 600 775 900 1375 2500 4900 13500 30000 - - -
$ - - 515 575 660 - 990 1650 2800 6000 15850 33000 -

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Total Graded: 124
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 66

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